Last week, we took a quick trip to an indoor water park located about 200 miles from our house. It was a great trip, except that I came out $11 poorer by not following a simple routine.
- When required, take my drivers license from my wallet
- When finished, put the license back in the wallet.
Sounds pretty simple, right?
That’s because it is!
Except I broke my routine and now I’m out $11! When I was checking in, I had to validate my eligibility to receive a discount through my employer by giving them my employee badge and my license. They looked at it, and handed both items back to me. The check-in counter was an absolute madhouse at the time, so I just took both and shoved them in my coat pocket.
Later, as I was unpacking the car, I had the brilliant idea to put my badge in the car rather than carry it around with me for the whole trip. So, I took it out of my pocket and put it into the glove box, and never gave it another thought.
Fast forward two days later, we’re over halfway home, and I go to fill up the gas tank. When I opened my wallet, I immediately saw that the license was not in its normal spot. I remembered what had happened, so I grabbed my badge to see if it was with my badge. It was not. I looked in my pocket to see if it had gotten separated and was sitting in my pocket. It was not. I gave the car a look around, but it was gone.
I called the hotel several times over the next few days to see if anybody had found it and turned it in. Nobody had.
So, after a week of hoping that it turned up, I had to go online and order a replacement license. $9 for the license and $2 for getting to do it online (money well spent versus having to wait in line for an hour at the nearby office), and I have a new license on the way.
Lesson to be learned: When you take something out of your wallet, make sure it goes back in after you’re done.Copyright 2017 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.